Prevention is Better than Cure: How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies and Toddlers
Preventative dentistry is becoming standard operating procedure for many families in Perth and across Australia. At eDental Perth, we do our best to help our patients with preventative dentistry, including tips and tricks they can incorporate into their everyday lives at home.
Research indicates that tooth decay can be greatly reduced by eliminating risk factors. This is especially true for babies and toddlers. Here are some risk factors for tooth decay in children and how to help them avoid tooth decay.
Risk Factors for Tooth Decay in Babies and Toddlers
A diet which is high in sugar and includes a lot of snacks can cause tooth decay because the teeth are coated with sugar all day and don’t get any “rest” from plaque acids caused by sugar. Less frequent use allows the teeth to remineralise.
Drinks for Going to Sleep
It is natural to give a baby a bottle with milk, juice, sugary beverages or even breast milk. Unfortunately, your child’s teeth are taking a sugar bath, which can cause plaque and bacteria. The best option is to give your baby a drink before bed, then brush their teeth or wash them with water before bed.
Neglecting Oral Hygiene
It is important to start a habit of good oral hygiene at birth. You should wipe your baby’s gums after every feeding. When the first teeth erupt, clean them with a special toothbrush made for babies and toddlers.
Preventing Tooth Decay in Babies, Toddlers and Children
First: get your baby in the habit of drinking water at bedtime. The next thing you should do is make sure your child’s snacks are healthy. As they get older, they should eat less snacks. You should also clean their teeth before bed.
Finally: start taking your child in for regular checkups after the first teeth erupt. To make an appointment, call eDental today: (08) 9361 1728.